I’ve been trying to control myself from discussing anything about that loveteam and that fandom for the longest time. But there’s something that I’ve been itching to get off my chest since yesterday and I won’t be able to rest until I do so, so here it is.
The incident with the Thai host and Alden Richards brought out the worst in this fandom. I thought the fantards have already crossed the line with bashing established artists in our country, but nooooo…! Apparently, they can outdo themselves. The bashing, the ridiculing of random people who just happened to interact with either Maine or (especially) Alden has gone through a whole different level. It has gone international.
You see, it’s not even about whether Alden is telling the truth about being single or not. It’s about presenting the entire Philippine netizenry in the spotlight as rabid, immature ones who would attack anyone for doing her job, ie., do an interview with a guest and relay the results of that interview to the audience.
It’s about putting someone whom they vowed to support – after all, they’re AlDub fans, aren’t they? Al and Dub? – into a situation where his credibility is now being questioned, and at an international level at that. Newsflash: He IS single. Contrary to Eat Bulaga’s Kalyeserye Wedding episode and what the delusional pa-hopia fan accounts tell you about secret weddings and stuff, Alden is not married so technically, he is single. Come to think of it, didn’t Maine also declare that she is single in that Periscope webcast that she did with Team Banana? Just because Alden said it in an interview in Thailand, it’s different? How so? Actually, Maine’s statement should hold more weight because it was said on a PERSONAL chit-chat with her friends and the fans. In Alden’s case, the Thai host was right: he could’ve said it to please the Thai fans. If you know how it is with Asian celebrities, you’d know that it’s normal to hear them say, “I’m single” even if in fact, they’re not. It’s just a standard PR thing.
Ok, assuming that he is in a real-life romantic relationship with Maine. How about informing the Thai host respectfully? It’s a classic case of shooting the messenger. For doing her job, she was called all sorts of names, to the point that she had to defend herself and, eventually, gave more ammunition for Alden’s bashers to put a dent on his credibility. It may be too much of a scenario at this point, but it’s possible that it could lead to Alden losing opportunities not just locally but also overseas. For who would want to work with someone whose (supposed) fanbase attacks anyone he interacts with just because his loveteam partner is not in the picture?
Now the entire Internet world has labeled AlDub Nation as an embarrassment to the country. Is that something that we could be proud of?
This has been going on for the longest time, and it has turned to worse. This has to STOP. Right. Now.
I used to be a downright delulu fan of BiKyo (note to those who are new here: BiKyo is the shipper name for Rain and Song Hye Kyo). I was worse than ADN during those times. I learned a lot from that episode of my fangirling life, one of which is to never be too engrossed with shipping an onscreen pair, to the point that your own life gets affected by what they do with their own lives. Because once the ship goes down, it would really hurt. I’ve been there. I don’t want to go through that again. Not only does it hurt, it’s also downright embarrassing once you look back and see how silly you once were.
I’ve written this many times during my BiKyo days, and it has become too similar with the current situation on AlDub so I want to say it again: Whether you are a shipper/believer of the tandem or just a one-sided fan, it all boils down to the same thing. We are just fans. Their lives do not depend on us, in the same manner that we should not let our personal lives be affected by what our idols do with their lives. Enough of demanding that they should be together all the time and not even consider working with other people for reasons as mundane as, “kawawa naman ang mga seniors/OFW/may sakit”. I mean, COME ON. If that’s what Alden and Maine really want, then so be it. But to force them to stay within that small bubble because the lives of some of their fans depend on it? That’s not right. They already provide us entertainment on screen; that should be more than enough.
It’s so unfair that these artists have to be responsible for the lives of hundreds, millions of other people. What about their own lives? Don’t they deserve to be happy, too?
Of course, there are those who understand, and are perfectly OK with just supporting their work as artists and not meddling with their personal lives. Unfortunately that faction is composed of mostly silent supporters, thus, perceived to be the minority and are not influential enough to be heard by the powers-that-be.
Dear powers-that-be: the fact is, (1) the noisy “majority” are not bringing in the goods anymore. They used to, but that was two years ago. Things have changed. The current situation isn’t healthy anymore for everyone concerned; (2) the silent, but steady supporters are fed up. Try listening to them for a change.
If this blog entry sounds like one big mess of random thoughts, it’s because it IS one big mess of random thoughts. Kaya nga #mema ang title eh.